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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Countdown to 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend #27

#27 - Epcot's Japan Pavilion
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From the Walt Disney World website:
The Japan Pavilion is a cultural area within Epcot theme park where Guests of all ages can sense the history and aura of Japan.

Walk through a stunning torii gate and enter a serene world of rock gardens, koi ponds and streams, and a handsome blue-roofed pagoda. Bamboo, Japanese maples, evergreen and monkey puzzle trees complete the landscape while the entrancing Taiko drummers provide an exciting atmosphere to dine and shop.

•Dining: Partake in traditional Japanese cuisine at one of two Mitsukoshi restaurants: Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining.
•Entertainment: Visit the fascinating exhibit at the Bijutsu-kan gallery, "Visions of Beauty: World Heritage Sites of Japan," featuring images by celebrated photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi. You can also catch Japanese taiko drummers, Matsuriza, performing several times a day.
•Shopping: For the shopping enthusiast, the Mitsukoshi Department Store is the place to find authentic Japanese apparel, toys, Bonsai trees, Samurai swords and so much more.

Why am I looking forward to the Japan Pavilion?
I don't know if I've ever shared this, but I actually studied Japanese in high school and college.  It's been many years now and I doubt I could do much more than tell you my name and ask you if you want to go somewhere, but I've always loved the Japanese culture - a by-product of growing up in Washington State where trade with Japan is prevalent I'm sure.

This pavilion makes me smile in so many ways.  The first thing that comes to mind is the fabulous architecture.  Take a few minutes and really look at the buildings and landscaping, it's truly beautiful.

If you're hungry, there are so many great options here.  One of my favorites is the Yakitori House - very simple quick service fare with the tastes of Japan.  You'll find food that is familiar to most people, but it's done well and is pretty tasty.  Then to top off the great food, you can go outside and sit in a lovely garden like setting away from the hustle and bustle of the World Showcase - so pretty and peaceful.

Looking for a great entertainment option?  Don't miss the taiko drummers - Matsuriza.  They can be heard all around World Showcase, but you really have to stop and watch them as they are truly athletic and they have such flair!

Those folks that like to shop should not miss the Mitsukoshi Department Store.  You can find so many amazing things here:  pick your own pearl, Hello Kitty, strange and fun snacks and sweets, Kimonos, Tea Sets, Sake tasting and so much more.  I can spend hours in this store and I always have to pick some new and unusual snack or sweet to try as you just never know what you're going to find.

There is so much more here than I've mentioned.  I urge you to take a little time and explore this amazing pavilion, it may become one of your favorites too!
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1 comments:

Lisa G said...

I would agree the pearls and the Hello Kitty merchandise are very important aspects of the Japanese Pavilion, but you forgot to mention Kakigori!

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